Maurizio Sarri was scathing in his assessment of Chelsea’s performance against Arsenal at the weekend, speaking in Italian in his press conference stating his players were “difficult to motivate”.
 
Of course such responses from the manager were bound to fuel speculation that all is not well in the camp and that the club are heading down a road similar to the one Jose Mourinho followed, openly criticising players – ultimately leading to a fall out between players and manager.
 
In quotes carried via Sky Sports defender David Luiz defended any criticism being leveled at the manager’s ‘honesty’ about the team post 2-0 defeat, instead praising the manager for all turnaround in style since Antonio Conte’s departure;
 
It is part of the process, when you try to do something and this is inside your mind, if you believe in it you can arrive there.”
 
Because of the results if you start to change and change, you don’t go anywhere. So this is our philosophy, I believe in it, I trust in it, so I just know we have to improve, like every team in the world.”
 
What Sarri has done until now is unbelievable, amazing, because normally a team to understand this philosophy needs one or two years, like Manchester City and Liverpool, who are playing very well with the ball now.”
 
What he has done has been amazing, so we have to try to improve the details now. Everybody is trusting his job and everybody is with him.”
 
Despite the defeat Chelsea remain fourth in the Premier League, but they must now contend with Manchester United and Arsenal, with just a three point gap separating the three clubs.
 
Talk of trust issues with Maurizio Sarri would quickly disappear should the Blues overcome a 1-0 deficit midweek and progress to the League Cup final at the expense of rivals Spurs.

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